This is a one-skillet dish, which is always a plus in my book. As the steaks brown, slice the onions and mushrooms. Be gentle about adding the liquids and vegetables to the skillet–it’s important to keep the cracker crumbs high and dry so they are nice and crispy when you slice into the steaks.   Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Serves 4   1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 4 (4-ounce) Laura’s Lean Beef Sirloin Steaks 2 … continued…

Loaded Sirloin Steak
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking Memorable Meals

My fascination with burlap started with a visit to the craft store. Burlap was everywhere, and there were even pamphlets with project ideas. I had to find some way to make use of this inexpensive and versatile fabric. So after a little research, I decided to make a wreath for the fall and Thanksgiving. When I was at the craft store buying supplies I had an encounter with a customer that made me realize that not only did I have … continued…

burlap wreath
Decorating Tips Holidays Pam Freeman

Everyone should know how to make a good, classic roast. After lots of trial and error with different methods, I’ve adopted the techniques from Cook’s Illustrated, which does most of the cooking at a low temperature and finishes the roast high for a brief period. This produces a moist, cooked-to-medium-rare roast that can’t be beat. Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour Serves 8 (makes about 3 cups gravy)   1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 2-pound Laura’s Lean … continued…

Roast Beef Eye of Round with Gravy
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking Memorable Meals

Did you know that Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is diagnosed in more than 12 million people in the United States? Additionally there are probably just as many people that have the disease and do not even know it. November is National COPD Awareness Month, so I thought we could dig a little deeper into this disease. While COPD is the 3rd leading cause of death in Americans, it starts to affect people much earlier than its end stages. COPD … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen

I am sure if I took a poll about whether exercise is “good” for you, the majority of people would answer with a resounding “yes!” And they would definitely be right. Exercise has been shown to decrease the risk of many chronic diseases, can improve mental health, and can help with weight loss. What some people may be surprised to hear is that although exercising for an hour comes with lots of benefits, the other 23 hours of the day … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Judy Eggebeen

This simple wrapped steak is proof positive that simple, delicious ingredients–just a few of them–add up to one delicious dish. Smoked prosciutto, also known as “speck” is easy to find in the deli section of most grocery stores. A little bit of speck goes a long way in this recipe, which shows off the beauty of a Laura’s Lean Beef Sirloin. Prep time: About 5 minutes Cook time: About 10 minutes (to desired degree of doneness) Serves 4   1 … continued…

Prosciutto wrapped Steak
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Memorable Meals Summer Grilling

I love a good meatball. It’s my comfort food. Here, I combine lean beef with ground turkey and use egg whites instead of whole eggs. Don’t skip adding the milk-soaked bread, which keeps these meatballs moist and tender. Form the meatballs gently so they stay tender even after cooking. These cook in a pan with a bit of olive oil because you get incredible flavor from the seared meat. The flavor also enriches the tomato sauce you make. Eat alone, … continued…

Classic Meatballs
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Do you ever feel bored doing the same workout every day? It’s easy to get stuck in a workout rut, causing you to not look forward to your workouts. Back in July, we talked about how progression can help get you out of a rut… check out that post here. One aspect of progression, and another way to get yourself out of an exercise rut, is to add some intervals into your workouts. Some studies have even shown better results … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen

Winter squash is abundant right now so take advantage of it and stock up! Winter squash includes butternut, acorn, pumpkin, hubbard, turban, and spaghetti squash. Store winter squash at room temperature or cooler and it will last for several months into the winter hence the name “winter” squash. Choose one that feels heavy for it’s size with a firm rind all around.   My personal favorite squash is butternut. I love the creamy texture of it and the mild nutty … continued…

butternut squash
Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

I was in an Amish store over the summer and saw a beautiful sewn garland made out of cloth yo-yos. It really wasn’t long enough to use in my decorating, so I took a picture in case I changed my mind and then continued shopping. After I got home, I just couldn’t get that garland out of my mind and for some reason I remembered an article I had ripped out of a magazine years ago about making cloth yo-yos. … continued…

yo-yo fabric garland
Decorating Tips DIY Holidays Pam Freeman